The Aiken Symphony Orchestra season continues with the Indigo Girls concert | Local News

The Aiken Symphony Orchestra teamed up with the Indigo Girls for their second event of the 2022-23 season on Friday night.

The concert began shortly after 7:30 p.m. at the Etherredge Center on the USC Aiken campus.

The Indigo Girls are a folk rock duo from the Atlanta area. From 1987 to 2020, they released about fifteen albums including “Shaming of the Sun” in 1997 (reached 7th place on the Billboard 200) and “Swamp Ophelia” (reached 9th place). The duo are also known to be politically active and to identify as lesbians.

Ann Rundorff attended the concert with her daughter, Adrienne Knowles.

She said she had known the Indigo Girls for a long time but had never seen them live. Rundorff added that she goes to the symphony when she can. She said she was happy the symphony was back.

“It’s wonderful that they’re back here,” Rundoff said. “We are delighted to be here.”

Florida resident Theresa Guerriero wore an Indigo Girls shirt to the concert.

She said she was a huge fan. Guerriero said he saw the group open for Neil Young in 1989 and have followed them ever since.

Guerriero said the band’s lyrics are amazing and give her goosebumps no matter how many times she hears the songs.

North Carolina resident Victoria Bartelson also wore an Indigo Girls shirt.

She said she was a huge fan of the group. Bartelson said she was introduced to the group by her best friend in the 1980s. She said the first song she heard was “Galileo”.

Aiken native Ann-Ray Crocker also wore Indigo Girls clothes and brought her mother, Trina Crocker, to her first Indigo Girls concert.

She said she first heard of the band in the late 1980s or early 1990s. Crocker said she attended her first gig then, but hasn’t been since. several years when she joined a few Facebook groups for the Indigo Girls about five years ago.

Crocker said it was great to be able to bring his mother to the concert.


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“My mom never saw them and really doesn’t know what they are about and what they meant to me as someone who came out as a lesbian in college,” Crocker said. “They’re like the backstory of my life. They’re my soundtrack.”

The Aiken Symphony Orchestra’s 2022-2023 season is titled “Feel Every Note.” The performance program is divided into three segments: the masterpiece series, the chamber music series and the pop series.

The Masterpieces series began with Pictures at an Exhibition featuring solo pianist Nathan Lee and works by Rossini, Gershwin and Mussorgsky/Ravel on September 10.

The next concert is Mendelssohn’s Scottish on October 15th. The concert will feature solo violinist SooBeen Lee and works by Mendelssohn and Saint-Saëns.

There are also masterpiece concerts on February 12 and April 22.

The chamber music series will begin November 29 with a performance of Handel’s Messiah at Saint Mary Help of Christians Church located at 138 Fairfield St. SE and will also include a Winter in Vienna performance on January 15 at the Amentum Center for the Performing Arts. located at 126 Newberry St.

The pop series will kick off on December 11 with Home for the Holidays, a performance that also includes the Aiken Civic Ballet. The series and the season will conclude with a concert on May 14.

With the exception of the Chamber Series concerts, all concerts are held at the Etherredge Center at USC Aiken. Concerts start at 7:30 p.m. and theater doors open at 7 p.m.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit aikensymphonyorchestra.com.

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